Hosts South Africa and Kenya are now just one win away from securing the region's qualification ticket to Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand after maintaining their winning records on Tuesday in the Rugby Africa Women's Cup in Brakpan.
Played under blue skies at the Bosman Stadium, Kenya kicked off the second round of the inaugural competition with a seven-try, 37-5 victory over a Ugandan side that battled hard in a tight first half before succumbing to the Lionesses' attacking prowess.
South Africa knew they would do well to match their 89-5 win over Uganda in round one and they came up against a Madagascan side that showed plenty of promises in what was only their second test. The Springbok Women, however, showed no mercy and ran in tries at regular intervals as well as keeping opponents scoreless for the first time in more than nine years.
“There were people who said from the outset it would be between us and Kenya for that spot, and it has come down that. So it is now up to us to go out there and perform on Saturday,” said South Africa coach Stanley Raubenheimer.
Defending champions New Zealand, England, France, USA, Canada, Australia and Wales have already confirmed their places with a top seven placing at WRWC 2017. The Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019 winner will join them, with the runner-up to face the winner of the South American competition next year for a place in the global repechage.
So all eyes will now be on Saturday's final round with the two unbeaten sides, South Africa and Kenya, ready to face off while Uganda and Madagascar will be searching for their first wins of the campaign in the first fixture of the day.
-By World Rugby